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« on: July 29, 2001, 06:12:39 PM »

This is a general list of things to verify if experiencing Peer-to-Peer networking problems

  • All systems are part of the same workgroup

  • All systems have different computer names.

  • All systems are using the same protocol and preferably only one (e.g. TCP/IP).

  • If using TCP/IP, assign different IPs to all systems unless using DHCP.

  • If using Linksys Cable/DSL Router, see this link for support. This router uses DHCP.

  • Make sure "Print and File Sharing" is enabled. Be cautious of these settings if using a broadband connection (e.g. Cable modem, ADSL...). Read this article to secure your Lan.

  • You will need to share something (e.g. drive, folder, printer...).

  • Make sure your "Primary Network Logon" is set to use the "Client for Microsoft Networks" in the network properties.

  • If some systems are running Windows NT/2000/XP, make sure it has user accounts for the Win9x/ME systems.

  • Make sure you log in on bootup. Don't hit cancel, enter a username and leave password blank if you want. The next time you bootup, hit OK or ENTER (Win9x/ME). If using Windows XP for some or all systems, read this article about blank passwords.

  • If not using a hub, you can only connect two systems using twisted-pair cabling as long as it's a cross-over cable. Our Computer Ports / Connectors reference page explains how to tell what type of cable you have.

  • If using a firewall, make sure all systems on the network are on the trust list of your firewall software.

  • If your planning to share your cable or DSL internet connection (using ICS for example), make sure the host system has two NIC (network interface cards) if not using a router. Read this article that explains why.

  • Want to share your Cable/DSL connection? Read this article for details.

  • Using Windows XP? Need help with file sharing?
    Read this excellent article with step-by-step instructions on how to do this.


If you think I missed something please let me know

Thank you in advance,

Sylvain Amyot
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2001, 09:06:05 PM »

Some Rules for Adding Windows XP to an Existing Network

 
  • Even if it tells you to do it, don't run Windows XP's Network Setup Wizard on the other networked computers. You want to make the Windows XP computer conform to the existing network. The Wizard wants to make the rest of the network conform to XP.

  • You must disable Windows XP's Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) on a local area network connection to other computers. If it's enabled on a LAN, ICF will block file and printer sharing. This is probably the most common problem in Windows XP networking.

  • To make most network settings, you must be logged on as a user that is a member of the Administrators group.

  • Use the same protocol for File and Printer Sharing on all computers.

  • Remove all network protocols that aren't required for a specific purpose.

  • If you have multiple protocols, un-bind File and Printer Sharing from all but one.

  • TCP/IP, by itself, works for all Windows networking functions. NetBEUI isn't necessary.

  • If you assign IP addresses manually, use the same IP subnet on all computers.

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2001, 09:26:08 PM »

Some useful links from Microsoft

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2001, 12:55:05 AM »

Other excellent resources on XP networking and ICS

Instead of re-writting what has already been done, I am providing links to documents that I find could be of good use. These documents are provided by Practically Networked according to their linking permissions.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2003, 05:50:07 PM »

Other very useful links on setting up a home network

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